Civil Case in Priest Sexual Abuse Case Begins

February 14, 2012

Priest Michael Kelly appeared in court Tuesday morning for the beginning of a six-week trial.

Photos: Civil Trial Begins In Priest Sex Case

Kelly is accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy in the mid-1980s.

The plaintiff known as John Doe plans to be in court to testify.

"I'm totally and completely innocent of these allegations. I'm doing my best to prove it," said Kelly.

Jurors have yet to be selected.

The opening statements are expected to start in a week.

At the end of the trial, the jury will decide if the plaintiff should be awarded damages and for how much.








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